Pictures: Langdale Park Withlacoochee River logjam, Sugar Creek, Salty Snapper 2021-05-15

In which the Mayor of Valdosta does work. I lent him my Sawzall and he sawed off a deadfall.

[Boats, Withlacoochee River, Deadfalls, Sugar Creek, Salty Snapper]
Boats, Withlacoochee River, Deadfalls, Sugar Creek, Salty Snapper

Many kinds of boats started out at Langdale Park Boat Ramp.

[WWALS water trail signs, boats, 10:14:27, 30.8876521, -83.3238601]
WWALS water trail signs, boats, 10:14:27, 30.8876521, -83.3238601

Most of the trip was easy paddling.

[Around the bend, 10:26:40, 30.8867740, -83.3239680]
Around the bend, 10:26:40, 30.8867740, -83.3239680

Good paddle!

[Thumbs up, 11:02:11, 30.8778248, -83.3229802]
Thumbs up, 11:02:11, 30.8778248, -83.3229802

There were several deadfalls.

[Easy Deadfall, 11:21:57, 30.8735597, -83.3238812]
Easy Deadfall, 11:21:57, 30.8735597, -83.3238812

Including the one Mayor Scott James sawed off. After I had already sawed several of those logs, but I could not reach that one.

[Sploosh, 11:26:59, 30.8735529, -83.3239076]
Sploosh, 11:26:59, 30.8735529, -83.3239076

Here’s a happy boater family.

[Boater family, 11:42:05, 30.8719666, -83.3243666]
Boater family, 11:42:05, 30.8719666, -83.3243666

Some deadfalls we could saw off and paddle through.

[Movie: Paddling through sawed deadfall, 11:42:32, 30.8719666, -83.3243666 (2.0M)]
Movie: Paddling through sawed deadfall, 11:42:32, (2.0M) 30.8719666, -83.3243666

And there were some long straight stretches.

[Boaters everywhere, 11:56:53, 30.8707577, -83.3222602]
Boaters everywhere, 11:56:53, 30.8707577, -83.3222602

Thanks to Russell Allen McBride for being sweep (making sure all boats were accounted for).

[Camera adjustment, 11:59:38, 30.8701285, -83.3213037]
Camera adjustment, 11:59:38, 30.8701285, -83.3213037

Some of those fallen logs were too big for my saw, so we had to pull the boats over or around them.

[People portaging, 12:22:29, 30.8657214, -83.3215474]
People portaging, 12:22:29, 30.8657214, -83.3215474

We pulled the boats up Sugar Creek

[Boats and beach, 13:08:36, 30.8633053, -83.3188517]
Boats and beach, 13:08:36, 30.8633053, -83.3188517

Valdosta City Council Tim Carroll joined us and Mayor Scott James at the Salty Snapper for lunch. That’s the restaurant manager, Garrison, standing up.

[With Mayor Scott James, Council Tim Carroll, Garrison of Salty Snapper, 13:56:37, 30.8610134, -83.3180406]
With Mayor Scott James, Council Tim Carroll, Garrison of Salty Snapper, 13:56:37, 30.8610134, -83.3180406

Thanks to Bobby McKenzie for organizing this outing.

[Bobby Mckenzie explains, 13:39:51, 30.8606620, -83.3096213]
Bobby Mckenzie explains, 13:39:51, 30.8606620, -83.3096213

Everybody had fun, although nobody wanted to paddle up and do it again.

There are many more pictures on the WWALS website:
https://wwals.net/pictures/2021-05-15–langdale-park-sugar-creek-salty-snapper

Plus many pictures on facebook by many people.

You can see this whole stretch in 360-degree view on Earthviews, plus onwards to Troupville Boat Ramp. Bobby McKenzie took those at higher water, so the Withlacoochee River looks much different.

[Langdale Park Boat Ramp]
Langdale Park Boat Ramp

For more WWALS outings, see: https://wwals.net/outings/

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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